Oftentimes, people do ask me: “How come, Joseph, unlike everybody else, you seem to be always happy and always excited?” Some other people even push their gutsy boldness a little further to bluntly ask me: “What kind of special drug are you on, Joseph, to keep you so excited, so decisive, so motivated, so joyful, so enthusiastic, and so energetic all the time? In these listed cases, and on all the other unlisted occasions, my reply to them is straightforward, plain and simple: “The Power of Jesus Christ in me is the Motivating Factor of my Constant Joy”. My answer to them has then become my daily mantra. I go on to explain to them that, since I have Jesus Christ in my life, the Holy Spirit dwelling in me becomes the Generator of my Joy at all times, regardless of the moment, regardless of what I am facing, and regardless of what I am going through. The Bible says in Acts1:8 that: “You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you.”
Therefore, I remain confident, bold, anchored, full of faith, full of trust, and full of assurance in the LORD. I do not see problems, or challenges. I only see “New Opportunities” to confirm again and again that, in fact, Jesus Christ is The LORD Almighty. With that in mind, my confidence and my faith grow constantly in Him. He has never failed or lost a battle in my life. He is always the Indisputable Winner, the All-Time Champion above the competition, i.e., the odds, the sins, the tricky situations, the entangling circumstances, and so on. He is The Great I AM, The LORD Omnipotent, Omnipresent and Omniscient in my life.
Jesus Christ is, indeed, the God of Joy, the God of Happiness, the God of Excitement, the God of Motivation, the God of Passion, and the God of Peace. He is the God of Compassion, the God of Forgiveness, the God of Beautification, the God of Elevation, the God of Second Chance, the God of New Life, and the God of New Beginning. Jesus Christ is also the God of Resilience, the God of Boldness, the God of Resolve, the God of Determination, the God of Strong Heart, the God of Power, the God of Gutsy Confidence, and the God of Strong and Powerful Faith (Matthew 17:20/Full Context: Matthew 17:14-20), (Luke 17:6/Also Read: Luke 17:1-10).
Do you have a battle, or something seemingly too big for you to handle? Do you have a sickness or a condition that is tormenting you? Do you have some troubling circumstance that refuses to subside or to go away? Are you struggling with some tricky situation, or with some powerful addiction that seems to overpower you all the time? Then, take heart, hang in there, have faith in God, be strong, be patient and be courageous. Jesus Christ is “The Answer” you have been seeking all along. With Jesus Christ on your side, you are not alone anymore. He is your own Strengthening Partner, your Constant Companion, your Greatest Confidant whom you can talk to at any time, in complete freedom, in total openness, in absolute trust, without any shame, without any embarrassment, without any reservation, and without any fear of being wrongly judged or criticized. He is also your own Faith Booster and your own "Faithful" Power Supply. Begin to Trust in the LORD, Commit Yourself fervently to prayer, Present your case adamantly to God with confidence and with expectations, and Let Him strengthen you while He deals with that which seems too big or too strong for you to handle, or to bear, or to control, or to master.
For those of you who do not know how to pray “yet”, begin to use and to practice “The Lord’s Prayer”, that is the prayer model that Jesus taught His disciples (Matthew 6:9-13) and that is also posted on my previous blog entitled “Prayer: Our Duty, Our Mandate”. It is powerful, it is effective. Therefore, as you practice reading it and reciting it constantly, you will also learn to memorize it. Next, since you may already own a Holy Bible, or since you may have downloaded a Holy Bible App, you now can also begin to read the Psalms of David that are also prayers that David wrote in many occasions and in his many personal circumstances in his life. Encouragingly, if you are new to the field of prayer, in addition to the “Lord’s Prayer” (Matthew 6:9-13), the Psalms are also a vast example to learn from and to adopt in order to suit your own circumstances until you are able to pray freely, easily and more elaborately on your own by using your own words through the Leading and through the Inspiration of the Holy Spirit.
Fortunately, if you have someone else (or a group of people) to pray with you, it is also very good. Jesus said: “For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them” (Matthew 18:20). In Ecclesiastes 4:12, it is written: “Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves, a cord of three strands is not quickly broken.” We may therefore conclude that you, plus a prayer partner, plus Jesus Christ as the third Entity (or the third partner, or the third strand) with you when you pray, constitute together a very powerful team and a very dynamic combination. However, if, due to the private nature of the moment (in your bedroom for example), or due to the personal singularity, or to the critical, the timely need, or to the impromptu urgency of the circumstance, you are just one and alone to pray, it is also fine as well. Since God is omnipresent (present everywhere at the same time), you are never alone. Jesus Christ is always with you through the Holy Spirit.
Jesus Christ is "The Definite Answer" to everything we are facing in life. Jesus Christ is also the cause and the source of our joy, of our victory and of our celebration. That is why I strongly recommend that you get quickly acquainted with Him, that you receive Him as your LORD and Savior in your lives as soon as possible, that you go to Church at your earliest (and mandatory) convenience where the Pastor, your Spiritual Leader, (or your Chaplain on-site and on location) will take you through the Salvation process, will teach you the basics and the fundamentals of the Bible and of the Gospel, will explain to you the endless and the priceless benefits for making your Great and Crucial Decision, and will arrange and proceed with your Water Baptism.
It is “A MUST” that you get water baptized to complete and to seal your Acceptance of the LORD Jesus Christ, to confirm and to consolidate the Salvation process that, in turn, gives you and grants you access to greater power, to higher confidence, to closer relationship, and to more intimate communion with the LORD. Instead of being a Year-End's Resolution, or a New Year's Resolution, your Great Decision to Accept Jesus Christ as your LORD and Savior, to Believe in Him and to Trust in Him, to Repent of your sins and to Be Water Baptized, shall be your Today Resolution and your Now Resolution. It is imperative, and it is fully and absolutely recommended. In Mark 16:16, the Bible says: “Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned”. That is why I, +Joseph Dubois, this writer of this blog, personally encourage you to begin the process right away, as soon as possible, and without any delay. This is my urgent request, my best advice, my urgent and my utmost recommendation to you, “Beloved Blog Reader”.
In the meantime, “Rejoice in the LORD always” (Philippians 4:4) and as often as possible. Cultivate and maintain your Growing Faith in Him, and know with firm assurance and with strong conviction that, in all our experiences, “we are more than conquerors through him who loved us” (Romans 8:37). “With God all things are possible” (Matthew 19:26/Also Read: Matthew 19:16-30). By Faith, your lives will take the positive, the fruitful, the purposeful and the intended turn as per “God’s plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future” (Jeremiah 29:11). God will also grant you Peace: “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid” (John 14:27). Your Peace will then culminate to generate and to produce Joy, the kind of Lively Joy that causes us to be Joyfully Excited all the time, regardless of the seasons of our lives, regardless of the moment, and to the surprising amazement of many.
We are Joyfully Excited because of our God Jesus Christ who dwells in us, and because He is the Best and the Greatest Gift that we have ever received in our lives. Jesus Christ is real. That is why, we are confidently sharing Him with all so that all may also personally know Him in order to increasingly believe that He is, in fact, Joy, Life overflowing, the Light and the Savior of the world. I urge you to trust in Jesus Christ, to open and to offer your hearts as His dwelling place, to accept Him and to embrace Him in your lives.
Furthermore, I can also guarantee you that your encounter, your knowledge and your experience in Him will be so overwhelming that you will be as Joyfully Excited as I am. In return, your Great Joy and your Joyful Excitement will be so tangible, so convincing, so amazing and so cascading, that you will also be full of zeal and full of passion as I am right now. As a result, you will begin to spread the Love of Jesus Christ, and to share your experience in Him with others passionately and diligently, as I am doing right now through this blog.
To share that Great and Priceless Love, you will begin to create new opportunities, you will come up with new means, you will utilize either conventional and readily-available tools or new tools, you will employ new approach or new method, you will use your skills, your gifts and your talents. You will also practice and exercise respectful manners, dignified ethics, and exemplary conduct, in full territorial respect, and within your available, your permissible and your respectable boundaries. The dignified image of our LORD Jesus Christ here on Earth shall remain Divinely Respectable, and shall retain and maintain its Fully-Deserved Protocol.
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